Session 5 – Sometimes Justice does = fairness
We’ve talked about all week that we are given the opportunity to give Grace when others call for vengeance, but is there ever a time for Justice on this Earth? When fairness does matter and we should fight for it?
The Bible addresses justice in terms of fairness from the vantage point of our own walk, but not us applying it to the walk of others. So when we seek fairness, it should be in ourselves. We can give fairness as a gift to others. This sets us apart and is a work of the Holy Spirit and Faith in us.
Read Luke 12:57-58, Jesus tells the Pharisees…
“And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.”
Jesus tells us that he trusts us to make a good case for ourselves and for our relationships. He encourages us that we are capable. It reminds me of parenting with high expectations. It’s encouraging to know that our God believes us capable of judging what is right and just and fair. He has fully equipped us!
Again, the Bible encourages Masters (or we’ll go with Bosses in our current context) to be just, or fair in Colossians 4:1…
“Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”
Oh! Titus 1:8 pops up again….
“For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.”
We saw that verse last week when we were talking about an overseer, or someone who is a leader being honorable (semna). The word for upright in the ESV has that same root we’ve seen all week – diakos. A Christian leader is exhorted to lead with justice, with fairness.
And lastly, Ephesians 6:1, exhorts the youngest followers….
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
God doesn’t leave us in the lurch when seeking answers for our daily lives. He gives us bread for each day, wisdom for each situation, grace for each moment. We can not control other people and how they handle issues of justice or fairness, but we certainly can pray and ask God to work in us. We can be people who look different. Who administer fair in an unfair world.
Thank you, Father! You are full of so many good things. Help Justice to reign in our lives. Help us to live in Justice/Grace Living, through Your Spirit. We thank and praise You for all that You are, all that You have done, and all You continue to do. In Jesus’s name. Amen.